Today, the WHO launches a new, country-led initiative designed to tackle stagnant progress against malaria and re-focus efforts “where it counts most – at local level,” says WHO chief Tedros.   For the second year running the WHO saw a plateau in progress against malaria,…

Steven Lindsay has found a new target for dogs’ legendary sense of smell: the malaria parasite.

Scientists believe the STD mycoplasma genitalium—Mgen—infects 1-3% of the population. However, it often doesn’t cause symptoms or is easily confused with better-known conditions. That’s a big problem because Mgen may be linked to pelvic inflammatory disease—another…

As violence continues to hamper response efforts, CDC chief Robert Redfield warned that the DRC’s Ebola outbreak may not be containable. If response teams are unable to trace contacts and halt transmission chains, Ebola may become entrenched. Most Ebola outbreaks have been…

The scourge of yellow fever that hit New Orleans from 1817-1905 brought a gruesome death to untold numbers in the city. Among survivors, a social hierarchy formed that favored the immune, and mythologized the disease to justify slavery. To avoid social purgatory, people…

The DRC’s Ebola outbreak has spread to a previously unaffected health zone between 2 outbreak hotspots, raising official counts to 285 cases and 180 deaths. 8 more cases have been confirmed in the last 2 days, one of whom refused to be transferred to an Ebola treatment…

In 2012-2013, cough syrup laced with the chemical levomethorphan killed and sickened people from Pakistan to Paraguay. But by the time the WHO sent out an alert, the tainted batch from India had reached 4 continents and was untraceable in some places. The label “poor-…

Venezuela’s social and economic collapse has reached well beyond its borders. Migrants take once-eliminated diseases with them, exposing holes in other countries’ public health programs. Once a pioneer against malaria, Venezuela has seen its cases triple in 3 years. And…

Dirty socks donated by Gambian children tested for malaria and springer spaniels in England added up to an advance in the quest for noninvasive malaria tests.   Steven Lindsay, a Durham University public health entomologist, put the socks to the sniff test by trained dogs,…

3 decades in, a global push to wipe out polio has fueled tremendous progress—bringing wild polio cases down from an estimated 350,000 in 1988 to 22 in 2017—but fallen short of eradicating the disease.